The White House on Saturday said it has not changed its position on the Paris climate accord and will withdraw from the agreement that President Trump has called unfair to the United States unless it can be re-negotiated.
The statement came in response to published reports by the Wall Street Journal and AFP that a top European climate official said the U.S. would “not re-negotiate the Paris Accord, but will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement.”
The climate official Miguel Arias Canete was meeting with ministers from some 30 countries in Montreal on Saturday to push forward on implementing the Paris deal without the U.S.
The White House swiftly denied any change in its stance on the landmark deal.
“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” the White House said in a statement. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”
Trump said the United States would begin the three-year process for withdrawing.
“We are getting out. But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great,” Trump said.
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